Ellen DeGeneres opened up on her show Tuesday about her wife’s experience with appendicitis this past weekend.

“How was everybody’s weekend? Anybody else have to rush their wife to the emergency room for an appendectomy? Anybody? No? Just me?” DeGeneres asked her audience on Tuesday’s episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

She said that on Friday evening, her wife Portia De Rossi, said she wanted to go to bed early, saying “I’m not feeling well. I want to go to bed.”


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“And it was like 8 o’clock and that’s early,” DeGeneres said. “I’m not used to going to bed that early. We go to bed around 8:30.”

DeGeneres said the couple went to bed together, but she was woken up and noticed De Rossi wasn’t in the bed anymore.

“I look over and Portia is not in bed next to me,” DeGeneres said. “I get out of bed and I find Portia on the floor on all fours. And I’m like, ‘Baby are you okay?’ And she says, ‘Yeah, I’m okay.’ And I said, ‘Well you’re okay if you’re playing Twister by yourself, but you’re not okay. You’re on the floor.'”

DeGeneres drove De Rossi to the hospital, where she was admitted. She said De Rossi was in a lot of pain and received a CT scan. Doctors saw inflammation on the scan, but hadn’t determined what specifically was wrong. DeGeneres wasn’t able to stay with her wife due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“That’s upsetting to me. They sent me home and I’m crying,” she said, joking, “Because someone was chopping onions at the nurse’s station.”

The next morning, the talk show host said she got a call saying her wife had an appendectomy. She later received update texts from De Rossi herself.

“She was in a lot of pain and she’s hooked up to an IV and they’re giving her pain meds,” DeGeneres said. “And she said she was in so much pain she was asking the nurse to please give her more and the nurse wouldn’t because the doctor has to approve it. So she now is bargaining – she said, ‘In exchange for pain meds, I’ll give you tickets to Ellen’s show.’ And the nurse is like, ‘I’m sorry, I can’t do that.’ So then she upped it to 12 days (of) tickets. Still wouldn’t do it, ’cause that’s the rules.”

DeGeneres said De Rossi is now doing well and returned home Monday night.

“I am happy to report Portia is feeling much better now,” DeGeneres added. “I’m going to auction off the appendix for charity. I’m kidding. It’s going to go on eBay. I’m kidding again. I’m saving it in case I write another book – I’ll put it at the end. The appendix, get it?”

Appendicitis is a common condition in which the lining of the appendix is blocked and becomes inflamed, according to the Mayo Clinic. It is often treated with surgery before the organ bursts.

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